Introduction to museums in Munich

I started collecting information on Munich’s museums since I’ll need something to do during the day when I go to Munich for their Christmas Market in December 2007. Here’s an overview of Munich’s most famous museums:

Deutsches Museum — This science museum is featured in 1,000 Places To See Before you Die as the “largest, oldest, and most complete museum of its kind in the world” and a “hands-on extravaganza”. They recommend a full day here.

Glyptothek — A museum for Egyptian and classical art.

Alte Pinakothek — Old Pinakothek has European paintings from the 14th to 18th centuries.

Neue Pinakothek — New Pinakothek has European paintings and sculptures from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Pinakothek der Moderne — Modern Pinakothek has modern and contemporary paintings from famous European artists like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Salvador Dalí. The museums also covers design and architecture.

Haus der Kunst – House of Art has no permanent exhibitions but attracts good visiting exhibits. It contains the nightclub for high society, P1 and is next to Englischer Garten (Munich’s largest park).

Lenbachhaus — Possibly Munich’s most famous museum, this one focuses on expressionists and contemporary art.

Villa Stuck — The Villa von Stuck museum building was designed by Franz von Stuck, a famous German artist. I presume they have his work in there but English information online is a little hard to come by.

Palace of Nymphenburg — This baroque palace features great decorations in the rooms and the “Gallery of Beauties” which Joseph Stieler painted for King Ludwig I.

Munich’s Residenz in the city center is a museum with 130 rooms where the rooms themselves are the exhibits. There’s also a treasury or Schatzkammer with treasures (what else?) from swords and daggers to goldsmith and ivory work. There’s also an excellent coin and currency collection.

Specialty museums: I’m not so interested in the hunting and fishing museum, Deutsches Jagd und Fischereimuseum, but I bet the Spielzeugmuseum (toy museum) in a small tower by the Marienplatz is quite interesting. I understand that there are other specialty museums on this street as well.

All this definitely makes me want to visit Munich.

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  1. Al Rogers says:

    I spent three years in Munich and I think its the most enjoyable city to visit in Europe,it has something for everyone,and the people of the city are very hospitable to visitors.

    I would like to add the beer houses are excellent.

  2. A couple other museums to think about:

    The Beer and Okotberfest Museum – just down the street (Tal and Sternecker, I think) from the Altes Rathaus with the Toy Museum. It’s not a big museum but kind of fun. The tour ends in their bar, too!

    Stadt Museum: The city museum. They have a great display on the NSDAP (Nazi) time. Munich was “the captial of the movement.” They have a small colleciton, but definately top nothc. Also have a look at their display on the development of Munich as a city – very interesting and an easy browse.

  3. James Trotta says:

    Thanks Scott and Al. my wife and I rarely drink beer so I’m not sure about the beer museum. Munich’s development sounds very interesting though…

  4. johanna says:

    Having fun in Munich is easy, its one of my favourite cities – and I’m German 🙂

    Nymphenberg Castle is VERY worthwhile, it close to Munich itself, so there’s not much travel time needed in order to get there.

    Deutsches Museum is also great, but don’t underestimate the time you’ll be wanting to spend there- its enormous!

    Last New Years my boyfriend and I were in Munich and we spent one evening walking in the “Englischer Garten” Munich’s Central Park. It was really lovely, we followed the creek and were amazed by the peacefulness and the beauty of the snowcovered landscape. Georgous!

    Let me know if you’d like my greatgrandaunt and -uncle to show you around! They live in Munich and love foreign guests 🙂

    thank you for your work on this interesting site!


  5. Pat says:

    I have been to the Christmas markets in Munich the past two years and have yet to get to a museum. Too much to see and do and not enough time for a museum. Maybe the 3rd visit.

  6. James Trotta says:

    Thanks Pat – that is wonderful to hear!

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